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Chinese research and development of carrier based unmanned attack aircraft with stealth coating

Chinese research and development of carrier based unmanned attack aircraft with stealth coating

november13,2012

[China paint information] with the continuous promotion of China's aircraft carrier project, various supporting equipment has also attracted outside attention. It is reported that the Chinese Navy plans to build a large long-range stealth unmanned attack aircraft in the next decade, which can take off and land on aircraft carriers in the future. It is reported that the stealth unmanned attack aircraft under development in China has learned from the design concept of the United States in terms of shape and operational application, and may even refer to the new generation of unmanned combat aircraft x-47b of the United States Navy

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the new generation of unmanned combat aircraft x-47b of the US Navy reported that the public information about China's flying wing unmanned attack aircraft first appeared in a Chinese Navy Aerospace Research Yearbook published in june2011. In general, China's nonferrous metal industry is at the middle and low end of the international industrial chain division. In an article entitled "analysis of infrared stealth characteristics of flying wing UAV" in the Yearbook, a design drawing of a new UAV appears. The report speculated that the UAV was designed and researched by the Shenyang Aircraft Design and Research Institute of AVIC under the influence of the Australian port strike in order to further meet the refined needs of market customers. In september2011, the Chinese research department also evaluated and analyzed whether the UAV could take off and land on the aircraft carrier deck. The article also revealed that the full-scale prototype of China's new generation of unmanned combat aircraft will have a wing span of 14 meters and a length of 10 meters, which is equivalent to the size of Boeing's "ghost ray" unmanned attack aircraft. It is reported that, like the next generation of UAVs in the United States, China's new UAVs will also be sprayed with stealth coating. However, there are also obvious differences between the new generation of large UAVs in China and the "ghost ray" UAV in aerodynamic shape: the wing tips of the UAVs in China are upturned, while the "ghost ray" is flat. According to the analysis of the report, this design of China's UAV aims to improve endurance and increase the effective dead time. The report also announced that the full-scale prototype of China's large long-range stealth unmanned attack aircraft may start various tests in 2012. By 2020, China's unmanned combat aircraft will be likely to be equipped with various air-to-ground, air-to-ship, air-to-air missiles and other precision guided weapons and officially put into service to carry out long-term long-distance surveillance, reconnaissance and firepower strike against enemy ground, sea and air targets

the author believes that the Chinese Navy requires the UAV to be carried on the future aircraft carrier platform, which requires the UAV to have short-range take-off and landing capability, just like the x-47b UAV being developed and tested by the US Navy. The report speculates that this may mean that the aircraft's future combat application and specific combat methods are similar to the x-47b UAV

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